Our program is designed to stimulate learning through play activities. The children actively participate in exploration and discovery while the teacher acts as a facilitator, extending and directing experiences so that each child's knowledge is stretched and deepened.
It is very important to us that, at the end of the day, when you ask your child what they did today, their first response is "I played". All of our teachers have been trained to creatively mold play situations so that they lead to the acquisition of specific skills.
An example of our teaching style...
As an example, in October in the three year old program, we talk about mixing primary colours to get secondary colours. The teacher may introduce the lesson as follows:
"Girls and boys, today we are going to do some finger painting with green paint. Let's all go over to the painting table and have a look". At the painting table the teacher discovers, to her utter astonishment, that we are completely out of green paint - how unfortunate! Luckily, we do have some yellow and blue paint still in stock. "We'll just have to use those colours for today". As individual children choose to come to the art table, they begin painting with the yellow and blue paint. "Oh my goodness!", exclaims the teacher, "where did you find the green paint?" (yellow and blue mixed make green in case you've forgotten your secondary colours).
In conversation with the child, the teacher would then draw out the child's experience which led to the colour green being on the page. The teacher would sum it up by saying something like... "So Kristen, you had yellow and blue paint and when you mixed them together they turned into green - how fascinating!". This discovery in art would be reinforced through other learning-play experiences such as a science lesson on melting. As the children melt a blue ice cube and a yellow ice cube in a zip lock bag (by rubbing the bag with their mitten-covered hands), the resulting green liquid is distinctly different from either of the two ice cubes - another discovery that blue and yellow make green.